Thursday, November 13, 2008

Say What !?!

I had to let the pain wear off of this one before I blogged about it, so excuse my complaining if you've already heard my tragic story as well as the absence of a picture for obvious reasons...
So, I was casually walking into work the other morning when this random old lady stops me in the parking lot and says "Oh my, dear, you're only suppose to carry one baby at a time and look at you with two in your belly...bless your heart." (Just in case you were wondering..NO I'm not having twins. Apparently I'm just enormous!) Who says that to a complete stranger!?! People can be so rude! I didn't know what to say. I just stood there with my mouth gaping open and then slowly waddled away. Honestly it took everything I had not to whack that old lady with my purse and run away sobbing! A simple hi from her, or better yet, a mutual staring at the sidewalk and walking silently past each other would have been so much better than her ruining my day! Maybe I'm just sensitive, but this experience (along with several other random, hurtful comments people have blurted out) has caused me to wonder what impact I have on others. I know I am a completely introverted, social recluse, but I have decided to try and replace my social anxiety with words of kindness...people deserve to hear the incredible compliments I think in my head, right? :)
So after spending the majority of the week feeling like a beached whale, I was blessed with a cascade of miracles. I am SO grateful for the amazing people that God has placed in my life to strengthen me and comfort me and my family. I hope that when the time comes, I can find ways to repay the acts of kindness and compassion that so many people have given on my behalf, and that my mind will be constantly busy counting these blessings.

7 comments:

Cari said...

Something about being pregnant just makes some people think they have the right to say whatever they want to you. I am so sorry for stupid people. If it makes you feel any better I WISH I looked like you do 7+ months pregnant.

Clarissa and Matt said...

That is sooo ridiculous! Every time I've seen you, I think, "Oh my goodnesss, she looks amazing!"

Beth said...

People are so rude. I was 5, yes 5 months pregnant and a lady at Piccadilly practically yells "Oh my gosh you are about to pop!!! You must be due any day!" when I say no, I'm not due for over 4 more months she then proclaims loudly "Well you MUST be having twins". I took my food (not wanting to eat anymore) and scurried out as fast as my humongous body would allow. What is WRONG with people! You look amazing by the way, teeny!

Jessica said...

WOW! That was so rude!
I am with you on whackin that old lady with your purse.

Sandy said...

I hated when complete strangers tried to touch my belly!
You are so beautiful Amanda!!!

Brittany & Noah said...

Dang Amanda,
I really didn't expect you to take it all personal when I dressed up as an old lady the other day... & said you had to be having Twins...
I thought you'd get a good laugh & say say something along the lines as, "well atleast I can still pro-create Grandma" ;)

I know some women find it easy to feel like hot stuff when their preggers, lol, i wish i was one of those ladies... & if your not one, I suppose you kind of feel like an alien abducted your uterus :O

Not to much longer now, & you do Look Good! So don't let any part of your brain tell you otherwise... K

Mandy said...

My goodness! I think, and have thought the whole time, that you look absolutely amazing! There's nothing better than a belly that can't be hid on such a little body! Just remember that you are carrying that precious little angel who will be perfect when she comes out and next time, tell the old lady to mind her manners!!!